All the Arcadia kindergarten students are learning about animals on the farm and what food products they produce, but the Valle students are doing it all in Spanish. During their lesson, Mrs. Deniz showed a picture of a cow and explained in Spanish the dairy products that students may consume. In the Valle Dual Language program students in kindergarten receive 80% of their instruction in Spanish. Mrs. Deniz teaches lessons in Spanish, highlighting vocabulary words in both English and Spanish. To wrap up the farm unit, the students participated in a farm connection activity by making their own butter!
Students split into three groups as Mrs. McGuire prepared the heavy whipping cream in mason jars. Each student counted to ten in Spanish as they shook the cream and passed it on to their classmates. Students learned that by shaking the cream they were churning the cream into butter. Batir (churn) and mantequilla (butter) were two of the six new Spanish vocabulary words for the day. After a few rounds around the circle students excitedly started to notice the cream solidifying and turning into butter. To conclude the activity, students were able to eat buttered bread by using the freshly churned butter!
**The Spanish-English two-way dual language program in Arcadia, Wisconsin is designed for families who would like their children to learn two languages while receiving the same high-quality academic curriculum as students in English-only classrooms. To learn more about the Valle Dual Enrollment program please visit www.arcadia.k12.wi.us/valle. Now accepting 23-24 kindergarten applications!